West Ham United may have secured safety in the Premier League yesterday. The fact that they took a point from their clash with Arsenal on Sunday was massive.
It was the hardest match left on the schedule of the run-in, and the Hammers actually got something from it. They are now four points clear of the drop zone, with a game in hand over all the teams below them in the table. It’s looking good for them on that front.
West Ham United vs KAA Gent FYIs
Kickoff: Thurs Apr 20, 8pm local, London Stadium, UK
Competition: Conference League Quarterfinal Leg 2/2, Tie is even 1-1 on aggregate
West Ham United Starting XI Prediction: go here
Transatlantic Passage: How the Premier League Redefined Soccer in America: LINK
Series History: KAA Gent wins: 0, Draws: 2, West Ham wins: 1
Fun Fact: the score draw last week ended a 10 game unbeaten in UEFA competition streak for WHUFC
Now we shift gears to the Conference League, where the Irons are knotted up 1-1 with KAA Gent after the first leg of their UECL quarterfinal tie.
Said Hein Vanhaezebrouck, Gent manager:
“We could have got a better result. There were chances to score more. The goal we conceded was through a lack of concentration. London won’t be easy but the game remains open. We still have the opportunity to get a good result there.”
So with that all said, let’s look at the first team projections for both sides.
Starting XI Predictions
Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Kehrer, Johnson; Soucek, Rice, Emerson; Lanzini, Bowen, Ings
Roef, Castro-Montes, Piatkowski , Okumu, Torunarigha, Hong, Kums, De Sart, Fofana, Cuypers, Orban
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